John Lewis: I would kneel with Kaepernick

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) praised NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem at games to protest racial injustice on Saturday, saying he would kneel alongside them. 

"I would kneel with the players. A young John Lewis would kneel," Lewis told MSNBC's Joy Reid on "AM Joy" on Saturday. 

"It is so inspiring to see these young men standing with their owners and standing with managers and coaches," the civil rights icon, who worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights movement, said. 

"Some of these people would have said back in the sixties 'don't go on the freedom rides, don't participate in a sitting at the lunch counter, don't march on Washington, don't march from Selma to Montgomery.' You have a right to march. It's protected and shielded by the flag," he continued. 

Lewis' comments came after President Trump said at a campaign rally last month that the NFL should fire players who kneel during the national anthem as a form of protesting. 

The NFL community responded in a show of solidarity through kneeling and linking arms before and during the anthem at games across the country.